This week in Winning Post

The third of Randwick's big handicap miles is on this Saturday and champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller will be looking to add to his surprisingly lean record in the race.

Waller has only won the Villiers once, in January 2008, when it was run over 1400 metres, the original date having been wiped by equine influenza.

Waller's winner was Honor in War, who took the race on a controversial protest from people's champ Takeover Target.

This year Waller's Villiers assault is led by another import, My Nordic Hero, last-start winner of the Festival Stakes.

Will he do it? Joel Marshall's preview will lead this week's Winning Post.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for the Moonee Valley and Canterbury night meetings plus the Moe twilight, as well as fields, colours and selections for Scone, Murwillumbah, Ipswich, the twilight cards at Warren, Morphettville and Hobart and the night racing at Sunshine Coast.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Flemington in Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Morphettville Parks in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth, plus there's a Saturday night meeting at Cranbourne.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus bet365 Geelong (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post December 15 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
The Valley (night), Canterbury (night), Moe (twilight)
Flemington, Randwick, Morphettville, Doomben, Ascot, Cranbourne (night), bet365 Geelong (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Bendigo, Horsham, Hawkesbury, Sunshine Coast
The Golden Eagle, Golden Gift and Bondi Stakes: good move?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start. Park Saturday - R3 N4 Miss Wahoo 3rd
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R6 N7 Deft 8th
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R7 N3 Tango Rain 9th
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R8 N5 Reflectivity 1st
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R8 N6 Turnberry 2nd
Letter of the Week

Stable of stars

UK trainer John Gosden had a great night at the recent 28th annual Cartier racing awards.
Roaring Lion, trained by Gosden and raced by Qatar Racing, was both horse of the year and best three-year-old colt.
Enable, trained by Gosden for Khalid Abdullah, was best older horse.
Stradivarius, trained by Gosden for Bjorn Nielsen, was best stayer.
Too Darn Hot, trained by Gosden for Andrew Lloyd Webber, was the top two-year-old colt.
That is five of the world’s most prestigious racing awards earned by four horses, each with a different owner.
Interestingly, Enable was named top older horse over her superstar stablemate Cracksman.
Cracksman was recently rated 130 (like Winx, and above Enable).
Gosden must have been scratching his head over those ratings because immediately after Enable won the Arc he couldn’t heap enough praise on her, implying her win (off an inadequate preparation) showed why she was his stable’s best.
Perhaps, after Enable’s recent win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, Gosden’s opinion will be confirmed in the final 2018 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (to be announced in January), with Enable rated above Cracksman.

Merv Sullivan
Leanyer (NT)
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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: